Israel shells south Lebanon after border fence blast

AFP , Friday 13 Oct 2023

Israel shelled a border region in southern Lebanon on Friday, two Lebanese security sources said, after a blast occurred on the border fence, according to the Israeli army.

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The Palestinian flag and the flag of Hezbollah wave in the wind on a pole as peacekeepers from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrol the border area between Lebanon and Israel on Hamames hill in the Khiyam area of southern Lebanon, on October 13, 2023. AFP


One of the security sources said the shelling followed an infiltration attempt from the Lebanese side of the border, while the Israeli army said it was responding to a blast that caused "light damage" to the border barrier.

"IDF (army) forces are currently responding with artillery fire towards Lebanese territory," the Israeli military said in a statement.

The Israeli shelling targeted the villages of Dhayra and Alma al-Shaab, AFP correspondents in the area said.

It struck a Lebanese army post in Dhayra, said the second security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the press.

The flare-up is the latest in a series of incidents at the Israel-Lebanon border after a weekend onslaught by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Israel triggered fierce fighting, and as Hamas and Israel traded heavy fire for a seventh day.

Hundreds of Hamas gunmen stormed across the border from Gaza into Israel on Saturday and killed more than 1,300 people.

Israel has retaliated by bombarding Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, killing some 1,800 people.

On Monday, Hezbollah said Israeli strikes killed three of its members, while Palestinian fighters claimed a thwarted infiltration bid.

On Tuesday, Israel said it hit Hezbollah observation posts, while Hamas's armed wing claimed rocket fire.

On Wednesday, Hezbollah said it targeted an Israeli position near the Lebanese village of Dhayra. Retaliatory Israeli fire wounded three people.

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